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ALHI expands globally with the addition of Bermuda

Bermuda Tourism Authority becomes newest “ALHI Global Luxury Alliance” member.

WASHINGTON, DC – Associated Luxury Hotels International (ALHI) has expanded its global destinations for meetings and incentive (M&I) programs with the addition of the Bermuda Tourism Authority – on behalf of the picturesque destination of Bermuda and its several meetings and incentive-designed resorts – as the newest “ALHI Global Luxury Alliance” Member. This beautiful resort island expands the number of countries and exceptional M&I resorts that the ALHI Global Sales Organization (GSO) now provides Accounts with sales expertise, connectivity, and support. Globally, ALHI now has Members that can help planners with their M&I programs in 77 countries and destinations worldwide, in addition to its extraordinary portfolio of hotels and resorts throughout the U.S.A. Collectively, the ALHI portfolio serves Accounts with more than 160 Four- and Five-Diamond quality hotels and resorts; over 115,000 rooms and 10 million square feet of meeting space; 9 luxury cruise ships appropriate for the M&I market; qualified DMC (Destination Management Company) operations for program support in over 100 destinations, including 65 global markets; and DMO (Destination Management Organization) with the Bermuda Tourism Authority. The announcement was made by ALHI CEO David Gabri.

With the addition of Bermuda, ALHI provides incremental off-shore M&I options to better serve the specific needs of meeting professionals, incentive specialists, association executives, convention planners, and business executives managing meetings and programs. ALHI Global Luxury Alliance Memberships, launched in October 2014, add new strategic resources outside of the U.S.A. for the ALHI GSO team to share with Accounts throughout North America, augmenting the extensive and popular luxury-level hotel and resort portfolio ALHI has been serving in the U.S.A. for nearly 30 years.

ALHI, with its 20 “Local” Global Sales office locations across North America, and the ALHI GSO team of 60 sales professionals in the U.S.A. and Canada, will provide planners expertise and access for meetings, incentive travel programs, and conventions on the nearby island. This incorporates the primary M&I-equipped resorts located across the island including Grotto Bay Beach Resort, Rosewood Tucker’s Point, Fairmont Hamilton Princess, Elbow Beach Resort, Fairmont Southampton, and Cambridge Beaches Resort & Spa, among others, which ALHI and the Bermuda Tourism Authority will showcase to the North American M&I marketplace.

“Working with the Bermuda Tourism Authority and having the beautiful island destination of Bermuda, and its severa1 meeting and incentive resorts, makes sense for ALHI and the Accounts we serve,” said Gabri. “Bermuda is beautiful, with so much personality and uniqueness to offer groups. It’s an exceptional destination option for all types of meetings and incentive programs. The genuine Bermudian hospitality and service complements the outstanding facilities throughout the 22-mile-long island, located east of the North Carolina coast, and less than two hours from most Eastern U.S. airports.”

The Bermuda Tourism Authority (BTA) promotes the island destination of Bermuda, and has joined forces with ALHI to further develop meetings, incentive/recognition programs, and travel to the island. Their new Membership with ALHI now authorizes the trusted ALHI GSO team to interact with their clientele about Bermuda to promote and sell the specific meetings and incentive resorts to the North American M.I.C.E. marketplace. Known for its warm hospitality, pristine pink-sand beaches, crystal turquoise waters, incredible water activities, world-class golf, beautiful resorts, and 200-mile reef system that surrounds the island, Bermuda is truly a unique tropical paradise. Located just 650 miles east of North Carolina in the Atlantic Ocean, Bermuda has many convenient non-stop connections from major U.S. East Coast airports, and is also noteworthy for its clean and safe environment, delicious cuisine, and friendly people.

Described as having “overtones of proper British and undertones of fun Caribbean,” Bermuda offers a resort casual environment with a wealth of enjoyment like golf, tennis, and countless excursions and activities for groups. This includes snorkeling and scuba diving near the island’s 400 shipwreck sites; boat rentals and charters; sailing; parasailing; glass bottom boats; swimming with dolphins; biking; underground cave excursions; 90 British forts; many museums; and lots of shopping and dining options. Voted by the readers of Conde Nast Traveler magazine as “Best Island in the Caribbean/Atlantic” 17 times since 1994, Bermuda is known as the “Jewel of the Atlantic,” and is less than 2 hours away from most eastern U.S. airports.

“Bermuda is a fantastic destination for meetings and incentives,” said Bill Hanbury, Bermuda Tourism Authority’s President & CEO. “I can’t think of a better way for organizations to motivate and reward high-performing employees than with a trip to our resort island.”

Victoria Isley, Bermuda Tourism Authority’s Chief Sales & Marketing Officer, added, “The meetings and incentive market is important in building a solid foundation of business for Bermuda’s future, while expanding Bermuda’s reputation for genuine hospitality and incredible experiences. We believe Bermuda deserves more of this influential market segment. The island offers great energy, stunning settings, and unique character to inspire new ways of learning and rewarding high-performing employees and customers with a variety of world-class facilities and experiences. ALHI’s extensive sales expertise, network and reputation with corporate and incentive clients made them an ideal partner. We are proud to be the newest Global Luxury Alliance Member.”

Gabri added, “We began offering ALHI Global Luxury Alliance Memberships to further support ALHI’s goal to be the very best Global Sales resource and provider to the North American Accounts we are privileged to serve. The addition of the gorgeous island destination of Bermuda is a perfect example of how ALHI is expanding with new global opportunities to meet the requests and desires of meeting professionals and incentive specialists with their meetings and programs. We are honored to be working with the new Bermuda Tourism Authority to help spread the word about today’s Bermuda to the North American meetings and incentive marketplace.”

ALHI President Jim Schultenover added, “With the addition of Bermuda – along with Global DMC Partners and their 65 global markets outside of the U.S., plus the impressive ocean line as Alliance Members – our ALHI Global Sales team has never been more prepared to assist planners in developing suitable options for their programs both inside and outside of the U.S.  For nearly three decades meeting professionals and incentive specialists have depended on ALHI’s GSO expertise and dedicated services with our incredible portfolio of the most desirable meeting and incentive destinations worldwide, now including Bermuda.”

Bermuda M&I Gems
Grotto Bay Beach Resort sits on a lush tropical 21-acre estate featuring dramatic underground caves and acres of woodland preserves along the scenic water’s edge in Bailey’s Bay. Featuring 201 newly renovated guest rooms in brightly colored cottages with traditional Bermudian architecture, the resort also offers meeting/banquet facilities, three private beaches, three restaurants, a unique spa located in one of the underground caves, a fresh-water pool, water sports, dive shop, tennis courts, exercise room, an outdoor Jacuzzi surrounded by gardens above the beach, and extensive activities programs for adults and children. The resort is also conveniently located within five minutes of two of Bermuda’s finest golf courses, Mid-Ocean Club and Tucker’s Point Golf Club.

The sophisticated Rosewood Tucker’s Point is the centerpiece of Tucker’s Point Club, a premier resort, golf club and residential community. Gracing 240 of Bermuda’s most beautiful coastal acres, the tropical hideaway neighbors the estates of Tucker’s Town and offers breathtaking vistas of the ocean and sound. Offering 88 rooms and suites with classic British Colonial-inspired seaside style, the resort also features 9,172 square feet of indoor event space, a world-class 18-hole golf course, the largest private pink-sand beach on Bermuda, 7 event spaces including a croquet lawn, Sense spa, tennis, a fitness center, outdoor swimming pools, 4 restaurants and bars, a business center, and complimentary Wi-Fi. Guests also can enjoy diving, snorkeling, sailing and kayaking.

The Fairmont Hamilton Princess, which overlooks the stunning blue waters of the Hamilton Harbour, is known as “The Pink Palace” and is recognized as the Grand Dame of Bermuda resorts. Conveniently located in the city of Hamilton, this urban oasis features 410 beautifully appointed guest rooms and suites, and 22,000 square feet of meeting space and 8 function rooms. In addition, it offers a stunning infinity edge resort pool with uninterrupted views of Hamilton Harbour; a new 60-berth marina; an exclusive, private beach club on Bermuda’s scenic South Shore; a 24-hour fitness center; an activities program; a business center; the open-air 1609 Bar and Restaurant; and a new signature restaurant by internationally-acclaimed chef, Marcus Samuelsson.

Elbow Beach Resort, one of the most elegant hideaways in Bermuda, is nestled on 50 lush oceanfront acres in Paget Parish, just seven minutes from the charming capital city of Hamilton. Featuring 98 cottage-style rooms and suites, the resort also offers sophisticated conference and banquet space for up to 200 guests, which includes 9,000 square feet of indoor event space. In addition, the resort features the luxurious ocean-view The Spa at Elbow Beach, a private beach, four restaurants, a tropically landscaped free-form pool, and offers an abundance of recreational options, including snorkeling, deep sea fishing charters, and four nearby 18-hole championship golf courses.

The Fairmont Southampton, perched on Bermuda’s stunning south shore with miles of pink-sand beaches, sits on nearly 100 acres dotted with lush Bougainvillea and towering coconut palms. The luxurious resort boasts 593 spacious guest rooms with private balconies, and more than 25,000 square feet of meeting space, with 18 function rooms and multiple spectacular outdoor settings. In addition, the resort features a sprawling oceanfront beach club, the Willow Stream Spa, a dive center, tennis courts, jet-ski rentals, two pools, fitness facility, the 18-hole par-3 Turtle Hill Golf Club, and eight restaurants including the AAA Four-Diamond Waterlot Inn.

The secluded 300-year-old Cambridge Beaches Resort & Spa is a Preferred Boutique resort that features lush manicured gardens, 87 guest rooms with private terraces, and 10,936 square feet of versatile meeting space. Additionally, the resort offers panoramic ocean views, the luxurious Ocean Spa, four private soft-sand beaches, three tennis courts, a well-equipped fitness center, beautifully designed infinity pool, Roman-style relaxation pool, a “Swimex” lap pool, full-service marina, croquet, putting green, three restaurants, a nature reserve, moped rentals, and golf less than 5 minutes away.

All of the resorts are conveniently served by L.F. Wade International Airport (BDA).

ALHI’s Reach Expands To 77 Countries & Destinations, Plus The U.S.
Through the new Global Luxury Alliance Members, ALHI has extended its services to meeting professionals, business executives, and incentive specialists to 77 countries and destinations, in addition to offering 160+ distinguished Four- and Five-Diamond quality hotels and resorts, located in 30 U.S. states and Washington, D.C.

With the recent addition of Global DMC Partners and its prestigious group of 50 DMCs to the ALHI portfolio as an ALHI Global Alliance Member, ALHI is now able to assist planners with a range of DMC services worldwide. ALHI has specialists in America to help Accounts do the necessary planning for truly unique and successful programs. This includes coordinating transportation, teambuilding, dine-arounds, tours, unique off-site venues, catering services, entertainment, decor, themes, spouse programs, VIP meet & greets, translation services, community give-back programs, and program logistics.

For nearly 30 years ALHI has provided reliable one-call professional Global Sales services and support for its Membership of Four- and Five-Diamond quality hotels and resorts to corporate and association meeting professionals and incentive buyers in North America.

ALHI’s 160+ Member hotels and resorts include extraordinary Four- and Five-Diamond quality meeting, convention, and incentive resorts on land and sea, incomparable city hotels, exclusive smaller hotels, golf resorts, historic properties, island destinations, resorts with spas, properties in international destinations, and hotels with world-class gaming and entertainment. ALHI’s portfolio features over 115,000 rooms and suites and 10 million square feet of meeting space.

There is no cost to planners’ organizations to utilize the ALHI GSO and ALHI Global Luxury Alliance services, expertise, and account advocacy for programs ranging from 10 to more than 6,500, as members’ dues fund the organizations to best serve planners with local professionals.

On the ALHI website, planners can quickly see details of the properties’ meeting, accommodation, recreational and dining offerings, as well as destination information and “Luxury on Sale” value opportunities. A photo gallery, meeting floor plans and specs, and a location map for each property are also easily available.

ALHI has 20 professionally-staffed Global Sales Offices to serve, with locations in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Connecticut, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Kansas City, Louisville, New York City, Orlando, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Richmond, Southern California (3), Toronto, Washington, D.C., and Washington (state).

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